Dividing (Splitting) Up Rhubarb

dividing rhubarb

Years ago I was given a Rhubarb plant from a work colleague.

I’ve talked before about the journey of this poor neglected plant into my garden. The short of it is that it was left to dry out, forgotten in a garage, then eventually sent my way where it got (accidentally this time) left for another day to dry out, then finally planted in the garden to flourish.

As I said in that post, Rhubarb plants are tough. They are extremely resilient and while I wouldn’t recommend treating them badly like my first plant was, they can tolerate a fair bit of unkindness.

It’s been at least 18 months since my Rhubarb plants found their current home, and at that time they were split off from the original plant to create 5 new plants.

Dividing Rhubarb up is not only useful for propagating more plants, it’s also important for keeping the original plant healthy. The bigger it gets, the thinner and fewer the stems tend to be, and the whole plant can get a little out of control.

Which is where our Rhubarb patch had got to.

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Quick Tip – How To Easily Know If Container Plants Have Enough Water

Maximising growing space is a bit of an obsession with me.

That’s not to say that we have the garden overrun with plants in every possible corner, but where there is an opportunity to grow another edible crop in a way that is both functional and attractive, I’ll grab it.

Containers, planters, tubs and barrels make it easy to add more growing space into your garden. And it’s a great way to soften and beautify decks and balconies.

We have a huge wooden deck around one whole side of our house and it was just the perfect space to add more plants, and decorate what would otherwise be a useful, but pretty boring feature of the house.

So, we purchased 12 half wine barrels and filled them up, then planted out a whole bunch of different dwarf variety fruit trees.

We’ve got Peaches, Apricots, Cherries, Apples, Feijoas and Citrus.

They look amazing!

But there is one problem, plant containers can dry out quite quickly, and it can be a challenge to know whether the trees are getting enough water.

So, here’s a quick tip for how I solved this problem, and how you can too.

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Pruning Your Boysenberry Plants

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pruning boysenberries

There are some jobs that I absolutely dread doing in our edible garden.

Not too many, but some that are so difficult, horrible, or painful that I just don’t want to do them.

Pruning our heritage Boysenberry plants is one of those jobs.

I don’t mind digging around in the worm farm, shoveling compost and making fish fertiliser (oh the smell!) but when I know it’s time to cut back the Boysenberries, somehow weeks and months drift by and I still haven’t done it.

Which means that it was totally overdue to be done and with one month of Winter left, time was running out.

So, last week I finally got onto it.

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Mint Refurbishment

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Things have got a little out of hand in the Mint department. Our Mint patch is looking rather unruly right now which means it’s time for the bi-annual herb refurb. Every Autumn and early Summer our Mint patch gets a good haircut …

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Pruning Blackberry Plants

Blackberry PlantsAmong the many berry plants we have on our 1/4 acre, we have four Navaho Blackberry plants which are an erect, thornless varierty that produce large crops of delicious, fat, sweet black fruit.

Well normally.

This Summer, we didn’t get such a great crop from two of our Blackberry plants.

The fruit was dry and sparse and the plants weren’t looking that healthy.

The other two plants did really well and produced a fantastic crop. But as always in our garden, we want more!

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Jack Frost Is Due

Daylight savings have finished, we’re in the 2nd month of Autumn and the fire has been lit twice already this week.

Jack Frost is due any time now. I just know it.

Soon I will become completely obsessed with the night skies, and their potential to bring a frost again. My gorgeous husband will be pestered with the nightly question, “Do you think it will frost tonight”.

The clear skies with the stars beautifully visible normally gives it away but all through the Winter months I worry about the fate of my frost tender plants. I constantly check my citrus trees, re-adjusting their frost cloth blankets, hoping to protect their tender limbs and leaves from the freezing cold days until the warmth of Spring comes again. I celebrate every frost free morning, every days relief from the bitter cold wrath of Winter.

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